Thursday, June 30, 2011

Onward, back to my beloved Savannah

It's true, I am quite smitten with the beautiful city of Savannah, Georgia. I have professed my love previously. If you want to see last year's Savannah pictures do a search on this blog for Savannah as your keyword. If I ever turn up missing, one may want to check out Savannah, I may be a new resident. I don't know what it is about this place. It could be it's walkability, it's great diverse fare, and easy driving. It could be all the history and cobble stone. Perhaps it's the spanish moss, or the architecture with hidden beautiful gardens. It could be all of it's ghost stories.
I love it all.
Anyway, We had a day and a half to visit. Thankfully, we have been there enough and have already seen many things, so this just helped us scratch a few more things off the list. It is great to be able to slow down and really dig in a little now.
We decided to swim some more and eat lunch at the beach before moseying down. When we arrived, we decided to get River Street out of the way.

We knew we were only going for the candy anyway..

 After staring completely mesmerized

 by the taffy making machinery, we grabbed some sugary cancer causing dye filled,

 teeth rotters

 and happily wandered around eating our sweets, hopping in and out of gift stores to window shop and cool off in the air conditioning.
We were lucky and were able to see two huge container ships come by.

My kids have never seen ships this large. It was a full block long and taller than many of the buildings.

One was from London, the other Singapore.
They were ferried in by tugboats which looked like toys in comparison.

We left to grab a hotel,  relax a bit and then we headed out for dinner. We stayed the night in the historic district, so we could walk around quite easily.
We chose to eat at the Moon River Brewing Company,

 because it was close, and because, duh, it's a brewery and because Marlin and I had seen it on Ghost Hunters once. It is purported to be haunted. Only Marlin and I cared about that, and well, I also cared for this:
Good beer!
 One of the supposed ghostie hotspots was around this telephone booth, so we HAD to check it out..

Not one boo.
Please hang up and try again..
On our way back to our room, Evren found a neat stick with berries on it.
He was very excited by that.
Savannah has little parks or squares every few blocks, and many of them have fountains in them.


Wednesday, June 29, 2011

Last bits of pooly beachside goodness!

Who doesn't love a good hot tub?
 and some poolside games?

 and who doesn't love playing in the pool?

Who doesn't love snow cones?

Who doesn't love a loggerhead sea turtle nest?
Who doesn't love non stinging Jellies?
And who does not love sand castles?
and wicked big fountains with palm tree's


Boogie Boarding!

This was a new activity for them this year, and of course they loved it, despite a few jelly fish stings!

When they finally caught that wave and glided in on the crest, huge smile. It was awesome!

Wednesday, June 22, 2011

Hanging with good friends.

We were so fortunate that our trip was pretty close to our good friends who moved away a few years ago.

 Do you all remember Julie?
Well, the whole family came up to Hilton Head, to spend a few days on the beach with us!
We all had a great time.

I am so glad we were able to spend this time together.
We went to a Sweet Carolina's Cupcakes for a yummy treat.

and naturally the boys climbed a tree.

We went to an obscure reggae bar called Coco's on the Beach,

and despite my allergic reaction to a drink, we had a fun time.
Bonus was a small pond with feisty blue crabs in which to harass..

 Right before they left, we headed over to the Hilton Head Coastal Discovery Center to poke around.
We wound up cutting it short as it was so hot, and we got attacked by mosquitos.
But we saw some neat art,

a cute marsh turtle,

 a cool little bog garden,

A local culture display,

and a butterfly house.

It was a nice way to spend a little time, climb another tree together,

 before we said good bye.
We hope to see you again soon, guys!